“River of Smoke,” the second volume of his ambitious Ibis trilogy, is the It is clear that Ghosh is fascinated by the history of Canton and, within. River of Smoke has ratings and reviews. Arah-Lynda said: The absence of food doesn’t make a man forsake hunger – it only makes him hungrier . by Amitav Ghosh (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; $28) River of Smoke The second book in Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy is set in the eighteen-thirties, when.

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Jacqua spoke to some passing boatmen and learnt that this man stood accused of being a confederate of the wretched Mr. On approaching a little closer if became evident that the spectacle consisted of a man who had been put on public display, with a huge wooden pillory around his neck. The novel has received some awards and recognition. The story traces the lives of these principal characters in Canton.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. But strictly in the context of the literary firmament into which the critical reaction to ‘Sea Of Poppies’ has placed him, you can’t help feeling that Ghosh’s account of events leading up to the first Opium War in China in – whilst always as elegaic as they are exhaustive – might have benefited from a more brutal edit.

This book sets such a high standard that it makes me think I should go back and “demote” a lot of my five-star books to four! If there is a war, Bahram stands to lose a lot. And he obviously loves his food!

At that time foreigners were not permitted to enter Canton proper even though it relied heavily on foreign trade. Bahram decides to ship a large consignment of opium to China, as he is confident that he would be able to earn a sizeable profit to buy out the Export division, in spite of a ban on trading of Opium issued by the Chinese officials.


The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. Here is painstaking research, wonderful characterizations of people some of whom actually lived and every aspect of their personalities and Perhaps the most amazing, brilliant historical fiction I have ever read. It is a hook-ending—we have invested in the stories of four of these five characters—which leads us to pick up the second novel, River of Smoke, in anticipation.

There, despite efforts of the emperor to stop them, ships from Europe and India exchange their cargoes of opium for boxes tea, silk, porcelain and silver.

Do we have to read “sea of poppies’ before proceeding on to this one? Many of the characters mentioned in this novel and there are about a million of them were real people.

Take the case of how Paulette gets inside a ship heading towards Canton: I am anxious to read other reviews. I’ve dabbled a little bit with writing, taken a few classes in college and I’ve read, surely over a thousand books.

In appearance Fanqui-town is not at all what you might expect; indeed it is so different from what I had envisioned that it fair took my breath away!

River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh – review

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. East India Companywith their strategic position in India monopolized this trade. Jun 02, Raja rated it it was amazing. And what Ghosh does so well in The Glass Palace — putting a human face on the greater historical occurrences, with individuals living through the circumstances, from all walks of life, converging in the end — is completely missing here.

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Moddie manage to sell his opium and redeem himself in spite of the Chinese government’s crackdown? Don’t have a Kindle? If you haven’t read Smke of Poppies yet, please read it first.


The novel has a rich tapestry of characters from various cultural and geographical backgrounds whose common interest is trade with China. This reads like an early draft where he just needed to get all the material down and then he lost interest and didn’t do the revising and tightening that would make it compelling.

Fairness be dumped, the logic is simply that what is against the interests of the trading companies is also against Freedom itself.

This has been advertised as a trilogy. The thread of the story can get lost amid the overwhelming interest of its context. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Loading comments… Trouble loading? This book embroidered further on the tale of hardship and human follies around the greedy lords of opium.

One person found this helpful. The colours are quite different though, brighter and more varied: And now I can’t wait for the third, which he is presumably writing. I have loved Ghosh since reading the Glass Palace because he writes with compassion for all his characters without sacrificing clarity as to their motives and choices, positive and negative.

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My heart is still stranded in that longboat paddling away from the Ibis!! AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. They are helped by Robin Chinnery, a fictional illiegitimate son of the English painter George Chinnery.

Consider just this one offering of many at a feast served up by one of the foreign residents.